With week one of the season complete, the AP Poll voters got back to work adjusting, moving, and changing out their ballots to reflect the results of the Labor Day Holiday weekend. And thus, the week two AP Top 25 Poll was born.
Not much changed at the top, with Clemson retaining the top spot, and actually picking up points despite a “meh” performance from quarterback Trevor Lawrence. ‘Bama remained at two, followed by Georgia, Oklahoma, and Ohio State.
As for the Big 12, only three teams still ranked in the Top 25, though Iowa State is balancing on the edge of falling out by a mere blade of turf.
- 4. Oklahoma
- 9. Texas
- 25. Iowa State
- RV: TCU, Oklahoma State
A Nice Match-up
The voters conveniently moved Texas up one spot to set up a 6-9 match-up this Saturday with LSU. Nice. Crude jokes aside, this is, by far, the biggest game on college football’s non-conference schedule this year. (sorry Iowa State fans)
Yes, I am aware of Clemson vs. Texas A&M, but while the Aggies are probably a better team this year than last, with a schedule that includes A&M, Alabama, LSU, Georgia, and Auburn the likelihood of them finishing with fewer than four wins is microscopic, at best.
While the winner of this LSU/Texas match still has plenty of road blocks, they will have the first, true marquee win of the season, and likely see themselves vault up in the polls (as much as you can when you’re already in the Top 10).
On The Verge of Falling Out
Somehow, despite needing three overtimes and a game-saving fumble recovery to escape a — albeit solid — FCS foe, Iowa State remained in the Top 25. Barely.
While some were willing to go out on a limb and rank the Cyclones as high as No. 8 in the preseason, no had had them high than 17th after their performance on Saturday. Also, the number of voters who have them unranked, more than tripled.
The Cyclones are off this week, so don’t be shocked if you see them jumped by some teams. Their week three match-up with Iowa will be a golden opportunity to put themselves back in the good graces of AP voters and college football fans everywhere.
Oh So Close
Despite not really answering the biggest question of the offseason, TCU found themselves the greatest benefactors of so many “RV” teams losing and are now sitting just two spots outside of the Top 25.
Neither quarterbacks who played on Saturday, Alex Delton or Max Duggan, really separated himself from the other, meaning the question of “who is TCU’s QB” will continue for likely, the next two weeks. Hopefully the off-week will help clarify that.
Meanwhile, TCU will probably sit outside the Top 25 — which is fine with me — until they face Purdue in Lafayette in week three. That game should also provide some clarity as to how good the Horned Frogs could actually be this year.
We will continue to keep tabs on the AP Poll through the season until the College Football Playoff Poll is released on November 5.